Predictions for 2021, and what remains of 2020, especially the holiday shopping
Predictions for 2021 continue to see the continuation and intensification of 2020's trends: more remote work (with its attendant large attack surfaces and opportunities for social engineering), more cyberespionage, and more cunning and aggressive ransomware campaigns.
What does fraud cost? It depends, and holidays or nor, in part it seems to be a generational thing. AtlasVPN has worked through US Federal Trade Commission data and concluded that millennials "lose between $300 and $205 per fraud case, while elderly people," those aged eighty and above, "lose up to $1,200." On the other hand the millennials are scammed more often than their elders, possibly because they simply do more online, and present the grifters with more targets of opportunity.
We've received a great deal of advice about safe shopping (and safe giving) during the holiday season. As we get ready for Thanksgiving, we thought we'd share some of the insights experts in government and industry have offered. See you on Cyber Monday.